Punjab governor assures CPNE of press freedom -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Punjab governor assures CPNE of press freedom

LAHORE- Punjab Governor Khalid Maqbool said the present government has a very positive and friendly relationship with the journalistic community and during the last two and half years no step was taken to curb the freedom of press.

The present leadership will continue to provide all possible facilities and cooperation to the journalists to enable them to report national and international happenings and events in a responsible and objective manner in future as well, Maqbool told a 13-member delegation of Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors Council of Pakisatn Newspaper Editors (CPNE), led by its president Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami, Chief Editor of daily Pakistan, at the Governor’s House here.

The delegation included Nawa-e-Waqt Chief Editor Majid Nizami, Khabrain Chief Editor Zia Shahid, Jang Senior Editor Irshad Ahmad Haqqani, Daily Times Chief Editor Najam Sethi, The News Executive Editor Salim Bokhari, Musawat Chief Editor Sajjad Bokhari, Nawa-e-Waqt Editor Coordination Irshad Ahmad Arif, The Nation Deputy Executive Editor MA Niazi, Urdu Digest Chief Editor Altaf Hassan Qureshi, Pakistan Times Editor Shaheen Qureshi and Saadat Chief Editor Khaleeque Saifi. Information & Culture Secretary Kamran Lashari, DGPR Tajir Jamil and PID DG Akram Shaheedi were also present in the meeting.

The governor expressed his sorrow over the impression created by some remarks uttered during his address to the recent public meeting at Faisalabad and assured the delegation that the government will not create any impediments in the freedom of press and the journalists will have uninterrupted freedom for the expression of their viewpoint. He also termed the police violence against journalists outside Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad, as unjustified and accepted the demand of the delegation for holding a judicial inquiry into the incident.
Source: The News
Date:4/16/2002